GUT Check: Florida vs Ole Miss
A comprehensive uniform recap from the 2020 season opener against Ole Miss
After an unprecedented offseason, the Florida Gators finally took the field on Saturday in an SEC matchup with the Ole Miss Rebels. The Gators looked to start the 2020 schedule’s conference-games-only slate with a bang in their first visit to Vaught Hemingway Stadium since 2007. With Lane Kiffin at the Rebels’ helm and former Florida-commit Matt Corral starting, the game was already set up to be an interesting. Things got even more interesting, and satisfying, when Ole Miss revealed new powder blue jerseys, a first for the program. Florida countered with the O/W/O combination for the first time against Ole Miss since 1994. Kyle Trask led the Gators to a high-powered 51–35 pushing their record against the Rebels in O/W/O to 2–0 all time. Here’s all the uniform takeaways from the victory:
1. Florida moves to 2–0* under Mullen when facing teams wearing special uniforms
Florida is used to teams breaking out special uniforms for their games as Ole Miss was the 2nd team to wear a new uniform vs the Gators since 2018. Ole Miss unveiled new powder blue jerseys, a first in school history, and paired it with their iconic powder blue helmets to create a truly beautiful look. Previously, the Gators faced Missouri in 2019 where the Tigers pulled out Top Gun Veterans Day helmets. Florida won both the Ole Miss and Missouri game by a combined 33 points.
*If we want to get technical, South Carolina wore their throwback Black Magic uniforms against the Gators in 2019. However, by the time the game was played, the throwbacks had become their standard home look. So we could say 3–0 under Mullen for the Gators.
Since 2014, Florida is a combined 3–3 against teams wearing special uniforms. This includes:
- 2020 Ole Miss (powder blue jerseys)
- 2019 Mizzou (Top Gun helmets)
- 2019 South Carolina (Black Magic jerseys)
- 2017 Michigan (Maize Color Rush)
- 2016 Tennessee (Smokey Grey alternates)
- 2016 Arkansas (Anthracite alternates)
This season is shaping up to be an unprecedented uniform season with the Gators set to face up to 3 special uniforms: Ole Miss (powder blue), South Carolina (throwback whites, *more on this later*), Georgia (potentially their 40th anniversary throwback uniforms).
2. First white gloves worn at an away game since Kentucky 2019
Florida broke out new white gloves with a blue Jordan logo on Saturday, marking the first time white gloves have been worn at an away game since Kentucky 2019. Coincidentally, that was also the last time the Gators wore the O/W/O combination.
Florida previously wore blue gloves at Missouri in 2019. In 2018, the white gloves featured an orange Jordan logo while 2019 featured the blue Jordan logo. It remains to be seen whether white gloves will be standard for away games only or if they will be worn at home as well
3. Orange sleeves return for the first time since Towson 2019
White and blue accessories have become the standard at Florida since Mullen took over as head coach, but orange accessories made their debut when the Gators wore O/O/W against Towson last year. This weekend, multiple players wore orange sleeves creating a nice compliment to the O/W/O combination
Quarterback Kyle Trask even wore a orange QB wristband, also a first since the Towson 2019 game.
- Gervon Dexter,Brenton Cox Jr., and Stewart Reese were the only 3 Gators to wear the new customer Jordan 10 cleats
- Freshman Safety Rashad Torrence II wore blue socks on Saturday. Blue socks were first spotted on Shawn Davis during a photoshoot prior to the 2019 season but were not worn by the team during the season.
- Trask wore his well-known white leggings for the 8th consecutive game.
- Multiple players including Toney, Stewart Reese, and Jean Delance wore blue cleats from 2019
A few other observations:
- Mullen wore a blue visor and polo; his standard look for away games in 2019. This starts his record at 1–0 for blue polos and blue visors.
- Dameon Pierce has switched helmets to the Riddell Speed, a nearly 10yr old helmet (picture via Kevin Camps)
- Across college football, many teams opted to show their support for ongoing social injustice with patches on their jerseys or stickers on their helmets. A few players even opted to change the name on the back of their jersey to statements in a new rule for the 2020 season allowed by the NCAA. This was noticeably (or unnoticeably) absent from the Gators uniforms but it is not a surprise, as Scott Stricklin said on the Gators Nation Football podcast there would be no patches or additions to the uniform for the 2020 season around social justice.
South Carolina travels to face Florida on Saturday and it is well known within the uniform community that USC is expected to unveil white throwback uniforms. Multiple images have already leaked but expect a reveal later this week. It should be another solid uniform matchup.
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